Davis police investigators say they believe there are many more victims of an apartment manager who was arrested on suspicion of stealing the identities of prospective tenants.
William Raymond Stanley, Jr., was known as Erik Hamilton to tenants and the owners of the Tuscany Villas Apartments in East Davis. But the 30-year-old apparently has a felony conviction in Sacramento County, as well as a history of arrests for fraud, perjury and identity theft.
Police say the apartment owners started investigating Hamilton after his name showed up on credit card accounts of a tenant. They then turned the case over to the Davis police who raided his apartment last week, confiscating computers and files and arrested him.
Tenants now worry about the personal information that management has on file, information willingly given to landlords by prospective tenants.
Everything you can imagine is required of you — copies of IDs, social security numbers and so on, said tenant Marjorie Vargas.
Police have identified four victims, including one from Winters. They are still examining Stanleys computers.
Were looking at the possibility of a substantial amount of victims at this point, we dont know how many, said Davis Police Lt. Paul Doroshov.
Police say the suspect presented his employers a DMV issued drivers license under his false name. They say they would like to speak with anyone who might have had dealings with Stanley or might have been a victim.
Police say personal information is often required by employers and landlords and say the only advice they can give is to constantly check credit and bank accounts to catch unauthorized charges as soon as possible.
Nervous tenant James Thurman says hell do just that.
Now more so than ever, definitely going to double-check on that, he said.